Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Disseminating Human-ecodynamics Research (Award# 1345259)

PI: Perdikaris, Sophia P (sophiap@brooklyn.cuny.edu)
Phone: (718) 951.5530 
Institute/Department: City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology 
IPY Project?
Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ASSP
Program Manager: Dr. Anna Kerttula (akerttul@nsf.gov)
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach | Social and Human Sciences |

Project Web Site(s):
Project: http://herc.gc.cuny.edu/
NSF_Award_Info: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=13...

Science Summary:
This award supports an innovative science/community partnership through the Barbuda Research Complex (a collaborative partnership of researchers from the City University of New York and key community stakeholders in Barbuda, West Indies) that would facilitate the development of immersive science research opportunities for informal education on active field research conducted in Barbuda over the past seven years. For the last four years, the PI has been engaged in an Arctic Social Science Program supported REU Site project "Islands of Change," which explored the teleconnections between Arctic human ecodynamic systems and those of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Although the community of Barbuda is a long way from the Arctic in miles, Perdikaris makes these connections salient by borrowing conceptually from the UN's program "Many Strong Voices" (MSV). MSV is a program that connects Arctic communities and SIDS communities because of the comparable social and cultural challenges they face being on the front line of rapid environmental change. This project is in direct response to the Barbudan community's expressed need for sustained science education opportunities, which happen outside of the classroom and beyond the field season. The PI and her research team have developed a model for community engagement, which culminates in a permanent educational legacy for research projects, envisioned as an education and museum space that would use placed-based learning techniques to communicate understanding of science to a public audience. In addition, the PI and her research team would create an exhibition in Barbuda, which incorporates traditional and local knowledge that will ultimately travel to Iceland in collaboration with the Husavik Museum, which will significantly broadening the reach of the exhibition, modeling knowledge exchange between the two regions over the course of science research projects.

Logistics Summary:
The goal of Barbuda Research Complex (BRC) is to provide a centralized pool of resources and expertise that bridges scientific research across disciplines and provides a node for education and outreach on Barbuda in exploring issues of sustainability and resilience. The BRC recognizes that the study of human-ecodynamics is inherently interdisciplinary. No one discipline can explain human-environmental interactions or offer holistic solutions to build community resilience or long-term sustainability. At the same time, issues of environmental sustainability are not abstract academic concepts divorced from local experience. As climate change, environmental degradation, population growth and other factors threaten the sustainability and resilience of communities world-wide, the need for accessible human-ecodynamics research has never been greater. Yet too often scientific research is conducted in silos where each researcher sees only one piece of a larger puzzle and too often excavations are conducted, interviews recorded, specimens collected and artifacts taken to faraway laboratories without the outcomes of such research being made available and accessible to local communities. BRC would expand its capacity to disseminate the results of NSF-funded research through the creation of 3 museum spaces. The expanded BRC will include: • The existing research station (Barbuda Archaeological Research Center BARC and an aquaponics research facility), • 3 museum spaces (Barbuda Museum, Barbuda Children’s Museum, Traveling Exhibition & Public Research Space) • a culturally and historically relevant botanic garden • an artists’ residency and studio space No fieldwork would be conducted.




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